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THE PLAYERS hot sheet offers a quick guide to everything you need to know about the PGA TOUR’s flagship event contested at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course
Three past champions of THE PLAYERS – Matt Kuchar, Adam Scott and Jason Day– announced today that they are officially teeing it up at the 2019 tournament!
Matt Kuchar – 9-time PGA TOUR winner and 2012 champion of THE PLAYERS • How he won THE PLAYERS: Kuchar captured his fourth TOUR victory at THE PLAYERS in 2012, thanks to a two-stroke victory over Martin Laird, Zach Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Ben Curtis, becoming the first American to win THE PLAYERS since Phil Mickelson in 2007. • Performance this season: Kuchar’s 2018-19 campaign has already gotten off to an incredibly hot start- he notched his eighth TOUR victory at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in October, his first victory in four years, and then won his second title of the season at the Sony Open in Hawaii, dominating the field by four strokes. His win at the Sony Open also marked his 100th top-10 in his TOUR career. • Did you know? Kuchar’s wife, Sybi, was a standout tennis player at Georgia Tech, where the couple met.
Adam Scott – 13-time PGA TOUR winner and 2004 champion of THE PLAYERS • How he won THE PLAYERS: 15 years ago, at the age of 23, Adam Scott stood in the 18th fairway with a two-shot lead, about to become THE PLAYERS’ youngest champion at the time. But, he pulled a 3-iron into the pond left of the green and left his chip shot 10 feet short of the hole. The Australian, displaying nerves of steel, drained the bogey putt to secure a one-shot victory and notch his second PGA TOUR win. leaving him with the most dramatic moment of his young career. And he delivered, pouring in his bogey putt to secure a one-shot victory and notch his second career TOUR win. • Performance this season: In four starts this season, Scott already has two top-10 finishes, including a second-place finish at the Farmers Insurance Open. Playing in the final group on Sunday and three shots behind champion Justin Rose, Scott birdied his last four holes to finish second at 19-under 269. • Did you know? Scott holds the record for the fewest PGA TOUR starts by an eventual champion of THE PLAYERS, 41 starts.
Jason Day – 12-time PGA TOUR winner and 2016 champion of THE PLAYERS • History at THE PLAYERS: Day’s victory at THE PLAYERS in 2016 was his seventh in a 17-month stretch and also his 10th TOUR victory. He eclipsed the rest of the field by four strokes, thanks in large part to a course-record 63 in the first round. Day dominated the Stadium Course, going bogey free in his first 36 holes- the first time he had ever achieved this feat in his career. He also became the first wire-to-wire winner since Hal Sutton in 2000, as well as the fourth Australian to win THE PLAYERS, following Steve Elkington (twice), Greg Norman and Adam Scott. • Performance this season: In five starts this season, Day has not finished worse than 15th. The 31-year-old Australian is looking for his first win since the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship. • Did you know? Jason Day’s oldest child, Dash, was named after the character in the movie The Incredibles.
THE PLAYERS lost an iconic member of our family last Friday. Alice Dye, wife of World Golf Hall of Fame architect Pete Dye, passed away on February 1 at the age of 91.
Alice and Pete are arguably one of golf’s greatest power couples. Alice, a very talented golfer in her own right, played an integral role in her husband’s 145 course designs throughout the world. As former PGA TOUR Commissioner Deane Beman put it, “Pete is a great architect because he had a great partner in Alice. She was the consummate partner, the consummate golfer.”
In fact, Alice was the inspiration behind the most iconic hole in all of golf- the Island Green 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass, and Pete was the first to give his wife all the credit. When the Stadium Course was being constructed, Pete realized he had created a dilemma. They mined so much sand from around the 17th hole that was needed elsewhere on the course, Pete was stumped. Where would the green go? “Pete said to himself, ‘Now, what am I going to do?’” To which Alice said: ‘Well, you’ve taken all the sand out, so make a lake and just leave the green on sand out there. Thus, the island green.’
And the rest, as they say is history. Thank you, Alice.
We mourn the loss of an iconic member of THE PLAYERS family.Alice Dye1927-2019 pic.twitter.com/IXRWTgJ51O— THE PLAYERS (@THEPLAYERSChamp) February 2, 2019
We mourn the loss of an iconic member of THE PLAYERS family.Alice Dye1927-2019 pic.twitter.com/IXRWTgJ51O
Every college student loves a good discount, right? Well, all part-time and full-time undergraduate and graduate students can now pay off their loans earlier, thanks to THE PLAYERS’ new ticket offer for college students.
Undergraduate and postgraduate students with a valid student I.D. can purchase a $45 Daily Stadium Pass (plus applicable taxes), Thursday through Sunday, March 14-17. This offer represents savings of 35% on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and 25% on Thursday.
Fast facts: • Eligibility: part-time and full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students with a valid I.D. • Link to purchase: THEPLAYERS.com/tickets • Ticket Type: Daily Stadium Passes (Thursday through Sunday); mobile tickets only • Price: $45 plus applicable taxes Remember: College students who are still 18 years or younger can take advantage of the fact that youth 18 and younger are admitted free of charge when accompanied by a ticketed adult, and there is no limit to the number of youth fans admitted with that ticketed adult.
Tom Kite entered THE PLAYERS in 1989 fresh off a victory the week before at the Nestle Invitational, so perhaps that’s why he played his four rounds at TPC Sawgrass with a ‘no fear’ mentality. Why not go for it, right? That’s exactly what he did.
Kite sat one stroke back of the leader through three rounds and held a two-stroke lead heading into the 16th hole in his final round. Instead of laying up, Kite went for it, hitting a 4-wood from 210 yards that ended up just off the green at the watery (and scary!) par-5.
“I had a golf tournament to win,” Kite said after the fact.
Kite’s bold approach paid off, as he went on to win THE PLAYERS by one stroke over Chip Beck, joining Raymond Floyd (1981 Doral-Eastern Open) and Tiger Woods (2001 Bay Hill Invitational) as the only three champions to have won the week before. To this day, Kite still holds the record for most cuts made at THE PLAYERS, with 23.
Calling runners and walkers of all abilities! Get a sneak peak of TPC Sawgrass’ back nine just two weeks before the pros tee off while raising money for an important cause. Spots are still available for THE PLAYERS DONNA 5K on March 2, so sign up now!
New in 2019, THE PLAYERS DONNA 5K has been re-routed to start and finish by the Davis Love III Tournament Entry located near the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse. We wanted to give you the perfect backdrop for your pre- and post-race selfies 😊
THE PLAYERS is proud to work with and support The DONNA Foundation, a private, non-profit organization in Northeast Florida that produces the only marathon in the United States dedicated solely to raising funds to end breast cancer. • Date: Saturday, March 2 • Sign up: http://theplayersdonna5k.com/the-players-5k/ • Start time: 8 a.m. • What participants receive: T-shirt, race medal and a Wednesday Stadium Pass to THE PLAYERS (not to mention incredible views!) • Parking: Parking for the race will be located in tournament lots 3 and 5, which are inside the gates of TPC Sawgrass off of Club Service Drive. • Awards: A post-race celebration and awards ceremony will take place near the finish line.
More than 2,000 men, women and children volunteer their time to THE PLAYERS every year and are an integral part of this tournament’s success. In this week’s Volunteer Spotlight, get to know Vice-Chair of Players Services Troy Smith, who enters his ninth year as a volunteer at THE PLAYERS.
A graduate of the University of Florida and Stetson University College of Law, Troy is a partner at the law firm Burr & Forman. He is a member of the firm's Construction and Project Development practice group, and his practice focuses on complex commercial litigation within the construction industry, including contract drafting and litigation, licensing, lien disputes, state and federal public job disputes, construction defect, delay and disruption claims. Troy and his wife Jenni live in Ponte Vedra with their six kids. It’s safe to say he knows a thing or two about multi-tasking!
Rapid fire with Troy: • Best shot you have ever witnessed at THE PLAYERS? Fowler’s clutch shots on 17 when I was running the Benefactor. • What’s the toughest/easiest hole on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course? Toughest: 5. Easiest: 17 • Where is your favorite place to watch the tournament? 18 green when the final group is coming through. • What would your signature drink be at THE PLAYERS? Buzzweiser.
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